Medical condition forces LMU coach Bayno to take leave

Updated: December 16, 2008, 7:32 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Bill Bayno has been sidelined as Loyola Marymount's basketball coach because of what he says is "a serious medical condition" related to job stress.

The 45-year-old Bayno signed a five-year deal to coach the Lions in April after an eight-year absence from college basketball. He began a leave of absence on Nov. 23.

"Recently, I was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, in part, related to the stress and anxiety of head coaching," Bayno said in a statement. "It will require treatment which will force me to take a leave of absence. It is unfortunate and I feel badly for the university, the coaching staff and most of all my players and their families, all of whom I will miss very much. I ask for privacy for myself and my family and I thank you for your prayers and support."

Assistant Max Good has taken over for Bayno. The Lions (0-10) visit No. 14 UCLA (6-2) on Wednesday. LMU has just seven scholarship players available on a team that includes five newcomers.

Athletic director William Husak expressed concern for Bayno's health.

"His health is the most important thing he needs to focus on right now," Husak said. "He has done great things in his brief time at LMU and has earned the love and respect of all."

Bayno spent the last five years as an assistant and scout with the Portland Trail Blazers. Before joining the Blazers, he coached the Yakima Sun Kings in the CBA for 1 seasons and coached in the Philippine pro basketball league in 2002.

Bayno guided UNLV to a 95-65 record and two NCAA tournament appearances in 1995-2000. He was fired during the 2000-01 season after allegations he broke rules in the recruiting of Lamar Odom in 1996 and 1997, but the NCAA cleared him of wrongdoing. He later filed a wrongful termination suit and received a settlement from UNLV.


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